It’s taken a few years, but the City of Harrisburg officially has an updated codified ordinances.

What’s that?

It’s the books of city law. It’s all of the ordinances combined in one place, systemized, arranged, and accessible to the public.

In 2008, the Reed Administration contracted the General Code Company (GCC) out of New York to collect all of the city’s legislation and review, analyze, revise, and compile it removing anything repealed, inconsistent, and inaccurate. It had been over 10 years since last updated.

While it’s a daunting job, it didn’t need to take five years to complete. The change in administrations delayed the contract along with other “typical” challenges, according to Michael Peter of GCC, who made a presentation of the finished product to City Council on March 20th.

Aside from the two large volumes he brought with him to Council Chambers, Peter went into great detail about the electronic version of the city’s ordinances. “This will make it a lot easier for you to use this information,” he said.

As Peter demonstrated how citizens can search the city’s laws by words and phrases as well as compare and contrast to other cities of similar size, one City Councilor remarked, “It feels like we’re coming out of the dark age.”

City Councilors weren’t the only ones who expressed relief. Deputy Fire Chief Gary Neff said the electronic version of the city’s ordinances will help inspectors identify violations since they’ll be able to search the laws more quickly on-site. This could also be said for code enforcement officers. Overall, electronic access is expected to increase efficiency.

For an annual fee of $500, the General Code Company will host, maintain, and scan new ordinances into the system, which the public can access here>>>

And there’s even an app for that. For free, download “eCode Search App” for your mobile device.

Harrisburg City Council unanimously adopted the updated codified ordinances at the April 9, 2013 legislative session.